How to find a conversation starter

How to find a conversation starter
When she said “it was all very confusing and frustrating,” it was like a woman in the audience at the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work event Alumni Distinguished Speakers Series on the Truth, Reconciliation in view of Canada’s 150th birthday was taking the words right out of my mouth. She was speaking ...

You are a white girl

You are a white girl
“You are a white girl.”‘It’s a line I’ve been hearing a lot in the last few years. And for some, born and raised in North American compared to other parts of the world are different (i.e. they aren’t considered white, like me I guess). I don’t understand. Uncomfortable words.  And then there’s this video that ...

Cheers to vulnerability & changing my mind

Cheers to vulnerability & changing my mind
This year has been one of the most challenging and fun that I’ve had in about 10 years – both personally and professionally. It started on new year’s day and it’s still unfolding. Of course, at Thanksgiving we all give thanks for those we love. Life’s not worth living without them and I keep all those ...

Saturday sight: Armenian quarter

Saturday sight: Armenian quarter
This was a Saturday night in Israel earlier this year. We were having dinner in a restaurant within the Armenian quarter in Jerusalem. (The quarters are Muslim, Jewish, Christian & Armenian – the peoples first to adopt Christianity.)  While unsettling at first, you do become desensitized to the rifles because they’re everywhere. And ironically we ...

Saturday sight: Clouds rising on Sulphur Mountain

Saturday sight: Clouds rising on Sulphur Mountain
The Banff Gondola leads you up Sulpur Mountain, which was a Cosmic Ray station in the the 1950s. It’s high elevation let’s you experience our weather – including the shifting of the clouds.  ​​   

It’s all possible, no reminder needed

It's all possible, no reminder needed
A couple years ago I had written about some graffiti I was seeing in a bunch of places.  It’s “Tout est possible,” meaning “Anything is possible” or “Everything is possible” — depending on how you want to translate it from French. I’ve been reading The Moth – which is a book of 50 true life stories ...

Sunday sight: Twin baby pandas

Sunday sight: Twin baby pandas
Canada’s first panda cubs are still a star attraction at the Toronto Zoo. Jia Panpan (male) & Jia Yueyue (female) mean Canadian hope & Canadian joy respectively. Don’t know which is which. They are over a year old now. It took about 45 mins in line to see them.

Sunday sight: Calamus winery

Sunday sight: Calamus winery
This beautiful little winery was a new one for the yearly wine tour. Calamus is Latin for archer. The land (like in many agricultural areas) turns up arrowheads. So Calamus Winery is an homage to its history.

When you can’t say it

When you can't say it
‘No comment’ is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again. Winston Churchill A fellow PR practitioner shared his ink recently. “No comment” is a known no-no as a spokesperson, making it ironic. The other is just a good lesson given our reputations are everything.  Read more stories ‘Behind the ink.’

Sunday sight: Half moon

Sunday sight: Half moon
This picture was snapped through my telescope at our farm in northern Alberta last Sunday. Very little light pollution in our rural area.